Fashionable, practical gear for coastal bookworms
Personal partialities are intrinsic to happiness. This applies across a wide range, from how we like our coffee, to what we sing when alone in the car, to the firmness of our pillow – and very definitely how we like to curl up and read.
Years ago, the New York Times polled their readers on how people consume the massive Sunday edition. Most said they spent a few minutes making piles – the not going to read pile, the will get to pile and the will read over coffee now pile. Not surprisingly, it came down to individual likings. Happily for our society, there is still a widespread penchant for reading. In it’s recent study A Snapshot of Reading in America, Pew Research found that 76% of American adults had read at least one book in the past year, with 69% preferring print and 28% opting for e-books.
Pew didn’t ask where people like to read, however. We have some ideas about that.
Beach reading, at least around these parts, is a kind of ritual supported by the great bookstores dotting our coastline. And not just in summer. It isn’t unusual to find someone reading in the car in a beach parking lot with snow all around. But whether it’s your backyard hammock, the porch swing or a beach blanket, reading feeds the soul. And like many things, this pursuit calls out for accessorization. With that in mind, peruse the following items meant to maximize one’s reading pleasure.
Photography by Susie Cushner
Stylist, Diana Hartman
Image Credits: Susie Cushner